Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
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It was published in Oblaque #3 and has been archived online.
Reactions and Reviews
"Karl Afton", a mild-mannered man totally reconditioned by the Federation, bumps into a certain Roj Blake who has most uncomfortable effects on the hidden parts of his memories. Yes, folks, just for a change we've got an Avon-more-mindwiped-than-Blake-story. I thought it was a reasonably clever idea but the sketched-in relationships don't really work. Doesn't have the punch and conviction of the tangled passions in M.Fae's stories. 
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: Leigh Graham
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Soolin
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Blake is a manipulative rebel with no feelings, unable or unwilling to make provision for his lover/a scientist he wants to recruit’s children, because he’s Gotten Hard, even though Avon doesn’t seem to have liked him better softer in days of yore/softness also seems like a thing Avon would bitch about. Avon wants to protect himself and children from Blake and have access to Orac for protection. No one has any feelings I particularly understand. Reactions seem a bit unreal.
EDITOR’S NOTE: none
PROSE: not badOVERALL: What is the fucking point? This story could and would have been a lot better if the emotional through-line were allowed to shape it and give its consequences and choices weight. As-is there are like 4 separate bits of story and I want each of them to be doing something more than they are. And mind-wipe plots are not in and of themselves clever and high-consequences in this canon: you can’t just say that and accrue gravitas.